US Muslims Who Left to Join ISIS Get an Instant Dose of Karma
June 1, 2015 10:04am PST
Two Americans fled the U.S. to join ISIS, but it didn’t end well for them.
Ahmad Abousamra, 33, and Abu Osama al-Amriki are believed to have been killed in an airstrike by the Iraqi military in Anbar, a province largely controlled by ISIS.
The two Americans were believed to be heavily involved in ISIS propaganda videos, as well as in the sickening beheading videos that the terrorist group has become infamous for.
Abousamra, who was born in France, has been on the radar of American authorities for years now. According to Daily Mail, he was first questioned by U.S. officials in 2006 on suspicion of travelling to Iraq to join a then-fledgling ISIS in their fight against U.S. troops two years earlier.
Later in 2006, Abousamra is believed to have slipped out of the U.S. in order to flee to Syria. In 2009, he was officially charged with federal terrorism offenses in relation to a planned attack in Boston. Four years later, Abousamra was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List along with a $50,000 reward for his capture.
Many have long suspected that Abousamra is behind ISIS’s hugely successful social media campaign that has allowed them to spread their propaganda and recruit new members.
Abousamra was born in France and raised in the wealthy Boston suburb of Stoughton. He attended the exclusive Xaverian Brothers Catholic high school before making the Dean’s List at Northeastern University. His father was a prominent endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Abousamra graduated from Northeastern with a degree in technology and quickly landed a job at a telecommunications company. However, by his early 20s he had become radicalized and he soon left his job. He was recruited to ISIS’s “media wing” in 2004 and worked there until his death.
Last year, the New York Post claimed that Abousamra attended the same mosque as Boston bombers Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
“Abousamra’s father, a prominent doctor, even sat on the board of directors of the Muslim organization that runs the [Islamic Society of Boston] mosque. He stepped down after the FBI began questioning his son,” Paul Sperry wrote in the article. “As mosque president, internal documents show, Dr. Abousamra hired Hafiz Masood, brother of a known Pakistani terrorist, to be the imam of a mosque in Sharon, Mass., which his son also attended.”
Little information has been released about Abu Osama al-Amriki, the other American killed alongside Abousamra, but the Iraqi military has called him an “ISIS documentary filmmaker.” It is not known for sure that he is an American, but considering the fact that “al-Amriki” means “American” in Arabic, it seems likely.
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